Getting a new bike. Well to me at least.


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Getting a new bike. Well to me at least.

Postby c5cruiser » Sat Jun 20, 2015 4:02 pm



;) Hello
New here on the site but not to bike riding.

My present bike is a VTX but here's my question. I was thinking of buying (to add not replace) a 94 GL1500SE mainly because I can pay cash for it or I can finance a 06 GL1800 (from a dealer) with audio, comfort, nav, ABS but not chrome or fog lamps. The GL1500 has all the chrome possible, extra lights, body lights (ring of fire, etc) relacement seat (fabric on top), etc..
Just need something for longer trips with the wife on the back. Since I've retired I need more longer trip. :lol:

I need advice on what to do. :shock:



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Re: Getting a new bike. Well to me at least.

Postby NVSB4 » Sat Jun 20, 2015 5:36 pm

First welcome to the forum and Goldwings.

You definitely have a choice to make and each have pros and cons.
1. I like to pay cash so I have no debt, but if you are comfortable financing (and at a good price and rate), then go for it.
2. The 1500 and 1800 really are different bikes in the way they handle. You need to ride both and figure out which you like better.
3. I think half the fun is making the bike "your own", or personalizing it. I'm sure that you will find things you like or don't like with either choice.
4. You didn't mention mileage, but you have to take into account that one bike is 9 years old and the other is 21. These things will last forever with proper maintenance, but it's got to be done.

Either way you choose, you and the wife will enjoy.
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Re: Getting a new bike. Well to me at least.

Postby Mh434 » Sat Jun 20, 2015 6:33 pm

Here's a tip - let your wife sit in the passenger's seat of each of them before you decide (happy wife = happy life, right?). My wife tried out several bikes with me, and when she sat on the back of the GL1500 (mine's a '97 SE) she said "I hope you brought your checkbook, 'cause we're not leaving here without this bike!" (that statement is hard on price negotiation, though!). She's more comfortable on the back of this bike than any other she's ever sat on and, rather than groaning at the idea of a ride, she's always looking for an excuse for us to ride!

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Postby c5cruiser » Sun Jun 21, 2015 2:32 am

Sorry I left the mileage out on my post. 8-)
The 1500 has 54000
The 1800 has 70000

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Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:44 am

Also keep in mind your leg length. I am 6 feet tall, but I have long legs. The GL1800 seating position has my legs folded in a way that gets very uncomfortable after a couple hours. The GL1500 is far more comfortable, I can ride for pretty much unlimited amounts of time without my legs (primarily my knees) getting sore. The GL1500 has more space this way, the GL1800 is slightly smaller.

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Postby c5cruiser » Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:54 am

Yeah, I'm leaning toward the 1500 because of comfort. Everyone's main complaint on the 1800 is their foot position vs the 1500. However the tech part of me is saying 1800.
I haven't ridden as much as I used to but that because of comfort. VTX vs a GL. Am I getting old? :shock:

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Postby Mh434 » Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:55 am

Well, the older we get, the more important comfort is. I suspect it's because we're getting wiser, and realize that we don't HAVE to be uncomfortable! I'm with WA on this, for the same reason - I'm long-legged, and the 1500 just plain has more room.

There aren't much in the way of gizmos on the 1800 that I'd really care about, or that I can't integrate into the 1500. The chain drive cams are about the only thing, and changing the belts every 10 years or so just isn't that big a deal, so even that difference doesn't sway me. GPS? I have a system on my 1500 that is reliable, easy to update & program, etc., so no loss there, either. Sound system? I'm content with what the SE version provides. I'd have spent at least double to get an 1800, and been less comfortable...and had a less-happy wife. For me, it was a done deal.

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Postby c5cruiser » Mon Jun 22, 2015 12:15 pm

GPS? Heck, getting lost is half the fun. Unfortunately I always know where I am. The only thing I do like is the ABS system. I've seen what they can do.
It is a nice feature but comfort is very important. I don't ride 100+. 80 maybe. :lol:

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Postby themainviking » Mon Jun 22, 2015 2:18 pm

All the discussion and information above is really good stuff. Those guys with long legs are right about the 1800. I have only a 30 inch inseam, and my legs can get uncomfortable on my GL1800. Secondly, I had to invest in a better seat than the stock seat, so if you are not one of those who fit a stock seat just right, there is another expense. I had to put highway pegs on the 1800 even though my legs are not long. I had a heck of a time getting them right due to the limited area for mounting them. I started with 6" arms and highway boards and did not like them, so I got 4" arms, then 2" arms and still no go, in fact they were getting too far away to be reachable, so then I bought a set of pegs, and a set of adapters to make the pegs useable, and finally finished with the 6" arms set perfectly flat (horizontal) and pegs. I also have a bunch of left over hardware. I never rode a 1500, so cannot say if it would have been a better ride for me. I do love the GL1800 for it's power, and handling. Also, the GPS after cracking the mapping to update it, and the ABS is really nice. I have not yet used the Airbag, so cannot comment on it, although with all the trouble the J.A. Pan people are having with their airbags, I am expecting to use it unnecessarily one day. The stereo has really good sound, after I upgraded the rear speakers. I feel I have enough light now to the rear, after adding some. So, are you leaning towards a GL1500 yet? :lol:
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Re: Getting a new bike. Well to me at least.

Postby made2care » Mon Jun 22, 2015 3:15 pm

Purchase both bikes and then give me the 1500. That would really be nice. let me know.

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Re: Getting a new bike. Well to me at least.

Postby trike lady » Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:21 pm

May I suggest taking a test ride on both if you can.
You may like the 1500.
I'm only 5'3" and I felt cramped on the 1800 trikes I tested after building. Now the 1500 that's comfy.
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Re: Getting a new bike. Well to me at least.

Postby c5cruiser » Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:27 pm

Thanks Trike Lady
I've ridden the 1800. The foot position was a bit uncomfortable and I'm 5'11".

To made2care, your a funny guy. :lol:

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Re: Getting a new bike. Well to me at least.

Postby c5cruiser » Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:35 pm

Thanks for the input themainviking.
Money wise I am leaning toward the 1500 but there are those ABS brakes that are offered on 1800. Maybe if 1800 was just a bit more comfortable and offer a bit more leg room or even if the foot position were a little more forward.
I have a few more days to decide. Heck I may just wait, save a bit more and get a trike. 8-)




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